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Explosion Green Live

with David Gottfried + 40 Experts
Join David Gottfried, the founder of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils & CEO of Regenerative Ventures for 45 minute hosted conversations with 40 of the world's foremost thought leaders in green building and sustainability, including bestselling authors, greentech CEOs, major developers, and luminary architects, engineers and green movement leaders.

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Welcome to Explosion Green Live

with Rick Fedrizzi
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Rick Fedrizzi is the President, CEO and Founding Chairman of US Green Building Council (USGBC). Rick received his BS from Le Moyne College and his MBA degree from Syracuse University in New York.
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Fracking, Purpose and Activism

with Mark Ruffalo
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Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo advocates for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy. In March 2011, he co-founded Water Defense, the organization behind The Solutions Project, to raise awareness about energy extraction impact on water and the public health. A regular contributor to the Guardian and Huffington Post, Mark has received the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership, and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award. He was named one of Time Magazine's "People Who Mattered" in 2011 and received The Big Fish Award from Riverkeeper in 2013.
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Carbon, Life and Transformation

with Paul Hawken
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Paul Hawken is one of the leading architects and proponents of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. His work includes starting ecological businesses, writing about the environmental impacts of commerce, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul’s seven books include four bestsellers, and have been published in 28 languages. Professors in 67 business schools voted his Ecology of Commerce the #1 college text on business and the environment. President Bill Clinton called Natural Capitalism one of the five most important books in the world today. His latest book is Blessed Unrest. Paul helped found The Natural Step (TNS) in the United States and internationally. TNS’s easily understood, science-based principles assist global business and government leaders to establish long-term commitments to sustainability. Paul has spoken, conducted research, and traveled extensively throughout the world, undertaking journeys into insurgent-held territories of Burma to research tropical teak deforestation, as well as a 1999 humanitarian trek to war-torn Kosovo. In 1965, Paul worked with Martin Luther King Jr.’s staff in Selma, Alabama and for the Congress of Racial Equality in Meridian, Mississippi, where he was assaulted and seized by Ku Klux Klan members. Paul has served on numerous boards and received many significant honors, including seven honorary PhDs.
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Biomimicry

with Janine Benyus
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Janine Benyus is a biologist, natural sciences writer, innovation consultant and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature in 1997. Before Janine’s book, there wasn't a word to describe the work of a few scattered scientists. She coined the term "biomimicry" which has become household word among environmentalists, and one of the prime models for the green building revolution. Janine has introduced millions to biomimicry through 2 TED talks, hundreds of conference keynotes, and over a dozen documentaries. In 1998 Janine co-founded The Biomimicry Guild, an innovation consultancy. In 2005 she founded The Biomimicry Institute (TBI) to promote the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. TBI’s many clients include Boeing, Colgate-Palmolive, Nike, General Electric, Herman Miller, HOK architects, IDEO, Interface, Natura, Procter and Gamble, Levi’s, Kohler, and General Mills. In 2008 TBI launched www.AskNature.org, an award-winning, open-source database of biological literature organized by design and engineering function for inventors. Today these organizations are a single B-Corp called Biomimicry 3.8. Janine’s many honors include Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute Global Thought Leader, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award, The Heinz Award, BusinessWeek World’s Most Influential Designers, UNEP Champion of the Earth, Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment, Rachel Carson Environmental Ethics Award, WINGS WorldQuest Women of Discovery Award, and Design Futures Council Senior Fellow. Janine graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with degrees in Natural Resource Management and English Literature/Writing.
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The Greening of Architecture and Design

with David Adjaye
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Architect David Adjaye likes to collaborate with artists and other cultural thinkers on both building projects as well as his numerous exhibitions. His projects are diverse in scale, audience, and geography. They demonstrate his considered approach to understanding, respecting and integrating the needs of each building’s constituency served and locale. Projects include the Smithsonian Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington DC, the Sugar Hill social housing scheme in Harlem, a mixed-use retail and arts complex in Beirut, a concept store in Lagos, a new ‘fashion hub’ in London, and the Princes Town Resort, Elmina College and Roman Ridge Gardens residential development in Ghana. David was the first Louis Khan visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and was the Kenzo Tange Professor in Architecture at Harvard GSD. He has also taught at the Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art, and Princeton. Honors include the Order of the British Empire, RIBA Bronze Medal, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012 he reached number one on the Guardian’s “Powerlist” of Britain’s most influential black people.
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Upcycling the World

with William McDonough
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William McDonough believes green design can prevent environmental disaster and drive economic growth. He works at scales from the global to the molecular, and his vision for a future of abundance for all is helping companies and communities think differently. He is a tireless proponent of the idea that absolute sustainability and economic success can go hand-in-hand; bottom-line economic benefits are a specialty. In 2002 he co-wrote Cradle to Cradle, which proposes that designers think as much about what happens at the end of a product's life cycle as they do about its beginning. He also founded the Cradle to Cradle community, where like-minded designers and businesspeople can grow the idea. He has held academic positions at numerous universities including UVa, Cambridge, Stanford, Yale, Cornell, and Tongji (Shanghai), and is an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and World Economic Forum. His honors include US Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award (2004), Presidential Green Chemistry Award (2004), U.S. EPA 21st Century Visionary Science Leadership Award (2008), and Time Magazine Hero for the Planet (1999).
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Common Sense Design

with Art Gensler
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After running what is today the largest architecture firm in the world for more than four decades, Art Gensler is content to be just another employee at the firm that bears his name. Through Art's leadership, Gensler has grown from 3 people to a global design practice with ~3,500 professionals in 41 cities that was named the AIA's Firm of the Year in 2000. Art is widely credited with elevating the practice of interior design to professional standing. Before there was a term for it, Art was a champion for sustainable design as both a responsible practice and a smart design approach for client value. Under Art’s leadership, Gensler won the USGBC Leadership Award in 2005 for “the successful, seamless integration of superior design and green principles.” Art advises the U.S. General Services Administration and an array of leading companies, institutions, and public agencies in the United States and abroad. He has taught at Arizona State University, Cornell, and the UCBerkeley, where he is on the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business. He is a board member of the California College of Arts, and a trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Building Museum, and the Buck Institute for Aging. His honors include Cornell University’s "Entrepreneur of the Year" (1995), a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and the International Interior Design Association (FIIDA), IIDA’s Star Award, charter member of Interior Design Magazine's Hall of Fame, and Ernst & Young LLP's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Revitalizing the South Bronx

with Majora Carter
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Majora Carter is a visionary voice in urban revitalization, and founder of the non-profit organization, Sustainable South Bronx. She is a MacArthur 'genius' Fellow, Peabody Award winning radio host, and a strategy consultant. http://www.majoracartergroup.com/bioawards/
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Sustainable Economics

with Nils Kok
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Nils Kok is an associate professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University, and co-founder and executive director of the highly successful Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). He has published some of the most notable research on the financial implications of sustainability in buildings, including “The Economics of Green Building”. He presents his research worldwide at academic and industry conferences, and works with large institutional property investors and policy makers to take action based on his findings. GRESB is an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate around the globe at the portfolio level as opposed to the individual building. Large investors can use this information when deciding where to put their funds’ money. Nils spent the last two years as a visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and is still Affiliated Faculty and Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy. He teaches at several other schools, and is a contributing member of various real estate and market networks. Nils’ research has been published in leading academic journals, industry publications, and newspapers, and he has received numerous accolades. His PhD on ‘Corporate Governance and Sustainability in Global Property Markets’ at Maastricht University received several awards from the financial community, and he received a three-year grant for his work on energy efficiency and sustainability in the real estate sector, concentrating on the microeconomics of energy efficiency in buildings.
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The Well Building Standard

with Paul Scialla
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Paul spent 18 years on Wall Street, most recently the last 10 years as a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he ran the U.S. Interest Rates Cash Trading businesses, including Government Bond Trading and Agency Mortgage Trading. Prior to joining Goldman, Paul spent 6 years at Morgan Stanley as the Head of Mortgage Bond trading. In addition to his roles on Wall Street, Paul’s interest in both altruistic capitalism and in sustainability led him to found Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation and also a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in Finance, and he currently resides in New York City.
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The Regenerative Economy

with Hunter Lovins
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Hunter Lovins, Esq.,co-founded Rocky Mountain Institute in 1982, and served as its CEO for strategy until 2002. Currently she is the founder and President of Natural Capitalism Solutions whose mission is to educate senior decision-makers about the principles of sustainability. She is “Chief Insurgent” of the madrone project which is working to take sustainability education and change management to greater scale with urgency, and a founding mentor of the Unreasonable Institute, which helps young social entrepreneurs to meaningfully impact the lives of over 1 million people each. In her earlier career she helped establish the California Conservation Project (Tree People) in LA, and was policy advisor for Friends of the Earth under David Bower. She is the author or co-author of 13 books, and articles in dozens of professional journals. Her recent books include Climate Protection Manual for Cities, Transforming Industry in Asia, The Future of Industry, Climate Capitalism, and Creating a Lean and Green Business System. She has taught at numerous universities around the world, was a founding professor of Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School, and is currently professor of sustainable management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bard College, and the University of Denver. She has a distinguished career in public service for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, and is a sought after speaker. She has addressed organizations such as the UN, the U.S. Congress, the World Economic Forum at Davos, the State of the World Forum, the Global Economic Forum, and hundreds of conferences and college symposia. She has advised numerous companies, non-profits, and governments, and has served on the Boards of one government, five private corporations and many public interest groups, including Engineers Without Borders, The Regeneration Project, and The Carbon Fund and Carbon Co. Hunter shared several major awards with her former husband Amory Lovins while at RMI. Her individual honors include the SAM/ SPG Sustainability Pioneer Award (considered the sustainability Nobel by the European financial community), Newsweek “Green Business Icon”, the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award, full membership in the Club of Rome, Loyola Alumni Award, Pitzer College Alumni Award, Honorary Doctorates from the University of Maine, Kalamazoo College and Northland College, and Henry R. Luce Distinguished visiting professor at Dartmouth College. Hunter is a member of the California Bar, has a JD from Loyola University in LA, and a double BA in Political Science and Sociology from Pitzer College, Claremont.
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Green Building for All

with Kimberly Lewis
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As USGBC’s Senior Vice President for Community Advancement, Conferences & Events, Kimberly Lewis works to integrate, diversify and globalize USGBC’s community of volunteers, chapters and emerging professionals from around the world. She is also the driving force behind USGBC’s events, including its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Kimberly serves on the advisory boards of Starwood Hotels, Marriott International Hotels and convention and visitors bureaus in New Orleans. She is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), where she serves on the CSR Task Force. Kimberly’s awards include 2011 White House Champion of Change for Clean Energy, and the inaugural president of the Green Meetings Industry Council’s Greater Washington Area Chapter. Before joining USGBC in 2003, Kimberly worked as senior meeting & events manager of incentive and recognition at WorldCom Inc. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science from Hood College.
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SASB Standards & Green Companies

with Jean Rogers
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Jean Rogers is an expert in developing relevant, measurable and useful sustainability indicators for the built environment. She has played important roles in several groundbreaking initiatives, including development of GRI reporting guidelines, the LEED Platinum California Academy of Sciences building, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission 5 year plan, advisor to the national venture fund of Finland, conceptual design for an eco-block in Qingdao, China, and advisor to CalPERS. In 2011 she founded the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and currently serves as its CEO. SASB is working to add relevant social and environmental measures to the accounting standards mandated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. More than 1,350 corporations and investor organizations are participating in their process. Previously as a Principal at Arup she led the management consulting group in the Americas, and the integration of sustainability strategies into Arup's 20 lines of business offerings. Before joining Arup she helped develop a design for the environment methodology at Deloitte. Jean was a 1998 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, and has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a professional engineer, has authored multiple publications, and won several awards. 
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Design for an Empathic World

with Sim Van Der Ryn
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Sim Van der Ryn is an acknowledged leader in "sustainable architecture." He is also a researcher and educator who’s driving professional interest has been applying principles of physical and social ecology to architecture and environmental design. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at UCBerkeley, where he has taught since 1961. In the 1970s as California's State Architect, he developed the first government-initiated energy efficient office building program in the nation, and led adoption of energy standards and disability access standards for all construction in California. Sim founded the Farallones Institute and the Ecological Design Institute to create national awareness of comprehensive and ecologically integrated living design. His innovative designs have received many awards and been widely published. His honors include the Goff Chair of Innovative Architecture, University of Oklahoma (2001); Fellowship of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (1997); Rockefeller Scholar in Residence, Bellagio, Italy (1997); Arbolera de Vida Master Plan, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1997); the Nathaniel Owings Award, California Council American Institute of Architects (1996); a Commendation for Excellence in Technology, California Council AIA (1981); and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1971).
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Reinventing Fire

with Amory Lovins
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Amory Lovins has done more to advance energy efficiency than any other single person. He works at the nexus of energy, resources, economy, environment, development, and security. After two years at Harvard, Mr. Lovins transferred to Oxford, and two years later became a don at 21. He established himself on the global stage in 1976 when he published “The Soft Energy Path” in Foreign Affairs. In 1982 he co-founded Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit think-and-do tank that, “drives the efficient and restorative use of resources to help make the world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, for ever.” Currently he is RMI’s Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus. His clients have included dozens of the largest global corporations, public-sector organizations, 13 states, US Congress, the US Energy and Defense Departments, major developers, and more than 100 energy utilities. He founded and chaired several RMI spinoffs, including the advanced-composites technology developer Fiberforge, and E source, the premier source of information on advanced electric efficiency. He has published 31 books and over 480 papers, briefed 23 heads of state, given expert testimony in eight countries and 20+ states, taught at many universities, and delivered thousands of lectures. He has been a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Defense Science Board, and is a member of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Advisory Board and the National Petroleum Council. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the World Business Academy. He has received 12 honorary doctorates from various US and UK universities. His long list of honors include many of the world’s most prestigious and important prizes. 
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The Verge Economy

with Joel Makower
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Joel Makower is an entrepreneur, writer, and strategist on sustainable business, clean technology, and green marketing. He has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line for more than 20 years. He has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy. Joel is co-founder, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., which includes GreenBiz.com webcasts and newsletters; GreenBiz Events, including VERGE, Innovation Forum, and GreenBiz Forums; GreenBiz Intelligence reports; and GreenBiz Network. He also is co-founder of research and consulting firm Clean Edge Inc., and a former senior sustainability strategist at GreenOrder. From 1991 to 2005 he edited the monthly "Green Business Letter" on corporate environmental strategy and practices. A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author of more than a dozen books, and is the principal author of Greener World Media’s annual "State of Green Business" report. He regularly keynotes corporate events, business associations, and regional business and economic development events, and is frequently quoted in major news media. He advises several green business and cleantech startups and is a director of Climate Counts, the Biomimicry Institute, and United Roots. In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality.
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Health is the Essence of Green Building

with Pedram Shojai OMD
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Pedram Shojai studied biology at UCLA until he had a series of profound mystical experiences that drew him to the Eastern esoteric arts.

Since then, he has studied Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Meditation, and Medicine diligently for the past 20 years. His passion is to travel the world and meet inspiring people who are making a difference in their communities.

Over the past two years, Pedram has written his first book and has produced two documentary movies. He’s gotten far more involved in philanthropy and is now working with amazing people all over the world.

Waking up to our full potential is the key and Pedram is passionate about teaching the skills that he’s learned over the years- helping people wake up and live their lives fully.

He is the founder and President of Well.Org.
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Our Personal Energy, Balance and Vitality

with Sara Gottfried, MD
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Dr. Sara Gottfried M.D. is a Harvard-educated physician, speaker, yoga teacher, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive, and Vitality with The Gottfried Protocol (Simon & Schuster, 2014). For the past 20 years, Dr. Gottfried has been dedicated to practicing and helping women feel back home in their bodies.  After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco, where she still teaches medical students. She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and offers novel group health coaching on the issues that plague women most – low energy, weight gain, low sex drive, and moodiness – through her online learning center at http://www.saragottfriedmd.com.
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Green Development

with Jeff Birdwell
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As President of Sares Regis Group’s Commercial Division, Jeff Birdwell oversees Office, R&D, Industrial and Retail developments in Northern California. In more than 26 years with Sares Regis, Jeff has developed over 8 million square feet of office and industrial buildings for public and private companies and acquired several million square feet of office and industrial buildings. He has secured approvals for 40 projects, 38 of which have been built. He currently is overseeing over 5 million square feet of projects. He began his 35-year career in real estate by working in the construction industry on large commercial projects with C.L. Peck Contractor in Los Angeles. He has a BA in economics from Claremont McKenna College, and a BS in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University, where he is a Consulting Associate Professor in Civil Environmental Engineering, co-teaching a graduate-level course in Real Estate Development.
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Empire State Building

with Tony Malkin
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Tony Malkin is Chairman, CEO and President of Empire State Realty Trust, and the firms' affiliated companies. He became an important champion and leader of energy efficiency retrofits for existing buildings through the highly visible 2009 retrofit of the Empire State Building (ESB). Tony coordinated the team of Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang Lasalle, and Rocky Mountain Institute, in a groundbreaking project to reduce the ESB’s energy consumption 40%, saving $4.4 m/year, reducing peak electrical demand by 3.5 MW, and eliminating more than 105,000 metric tons of CO2 over 15 years. He is continuing to work with tenants to lower energy consumption, to use the practices developed on the project to inform policies and government, and to motivate others through competition to do the same. He is working with the U.S. Congress to alter the 179D tax deduction so that it can be applied throughout the value stream of people working on a project. Tony is Chair of Real Estate Roundtable’s Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, and on the boards of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, and the sustainable forestry management company Greenwood Resources. He advises RRE Ventures, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, MissionPoint Capital Partners, the NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Tony joined Chemical Venture Partners in 1985, and then formed the venture capital leveraged buyout firm of Chemical Bank, and his own firm. In 1989 he joined Malkin Holdings. He has received numerous awards, including Honorable Mention in Commercial Property Executive’s Sustainability Executive of the Year Award, USGBC’s Individual Leadership in the Private Sector Award, and Real Estate Weekly’s Families of Influence Award for several years. He graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1985.
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Eco Districts

with Rob Bennett
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Rob Bennett has long had a vision for how cities can grow and operate efficiently while fostering sustainable development, and is passionate about the role that neighborhoods play in improving lives and healing the earth. Currently he is the founding CEO of EcoDistricts, high-performing neighborhoods that bring together residents, businesses, utilities and other groups to create better places to live and work. Many cities are embracing the EcoDistrict redevelopment concept. Before EcoDistricts, Rob spent eight years working for Vancouver, BC, Portland, OR, and the Clinton Climate Initiative, where he provided technical assistance in climate change reductions and building performance policy to cities throughout North America. In Portland, Rob founded the Portland Sustainability Institute (PoSI) to bring together community leaders to drive large-scale urban sustainability initiatives. He founded G/Rated, Portland’s green building program, helped shape catalytic green projects such as the Brewery Blocks and the South Waterfront, and led the development of a clean economy roadmap for Portland’s region metropolitan government. In Vancouver, Rob led development of the city’s Green Building Strategy and facilitated the green building and infrastructure activities for the 2010 Olympic Village. Rob was a founding director of the Cascadia Green Building Council and a director of the innovative affordable housing REACH Community Development project. He holds a Master’s of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from U Mass - Amherst.
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The Future of Green Building

with Scot Horst
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Scot Horst believes that creating transformation is our highest purpose. As the executive overseeing LEED at the U.S. Green Building Council, he has been pivotal to the dramatic growth of the program. He recently led staff and volunteers in the development of LEED v4. He is chief inventor of the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a new measuring device for whole building performance. Scot established the global, regional and local growth strategy that led to LEED as a global benchmark, including the LEED International Roundtable, now comprised of thirty-five countries and responsible for LEED’s technical development around the world. Prior to joining USGBC, Scot was President of 7group, a leading green building consultancy, and Athena Institute International, a non-profit dedicated to the life cycle assessment of buildings. He created a carbon-offset program with the Climate Trust for cement and concrete companies that reduced portland cement clinker in thousands of projects, mitigating over five hundred thousand metric tons of carbon. Scot co-authored An Integrative Design Guide to Green Building and speaks widely on LEED and the transformative potential of green building. He serves as director or advisor to the Sustainable Building Alliance in Paris, the Resilient Design Institute, Cradle to Cradle, and the Buildings Retrofit and Finance Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum.

Scot holds dual degrees in philosophy and voice performance from Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He sang opera professionally, and maintains a furniture design studio.
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Net Zero and Net Positive Buildings

with Kevin Hydes
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Kevin Hydes is an Englishman from Leads who built his experience in North America and now practices globally as CEO of Integral Group, a Global Deep Green Building Services (MEP) engineering firm. Kevin is focused on green design and advancing its cause. He is internationally recognized as a leader in sustainable design and for his contributions to the building industry. Previously he gained a reputation as an innovator creating transformative strategies in his role as President and CEO of KEEN engineering, a pioneer and leader in Green Buildings. Over the past 15 years he has contributed significantly to building the Global Green Building movement, working from the origins of the Cascadia Regional Green Building Council, to co-founder of the Canada Green Building Council, to Chair of the USGBC, and ultimately Chair of the World GBC. He has drawn on this diverse experience to create the fast growing Integral Group. A core purpose of their mission is to lead by example and build real examples for the construction community to learn from and accelerate global transformation of the building industry.
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New York Green Skyscrapers

with Bob Fox
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Bob Fox’s projects have set new precedents in scale and strategic impact, establishing him as an influential voice in the architectural profession, the business community, and in service to the public sector. Bob co-founded Fox & Fowle Architects whose 4 Times Square – Condé Nast Headquarters in New York set new standards for energy efficient high-rise buildings. Bob helped create New York City’s landmark Residential and Commercial Environmental Guidelines for Battery Park City, which will eventually result in over 5 million square feet of LEED Gold buildings. In 2003, he co-founded Cook+Fox Architects, whose One Byant Park headquarters for the Bank of America is rated LEED Platinum. Bob served on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council for New York’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, received the USGBC Leadership Award, the inaugural “Big Green Apple” Award for Environmental Leadership and Cooper Union’s Urban Visionary Award. He advises a number of projects and institutions, including the World Trade Center development team, the Urban Design Lab at Columbia University, and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. He was the founding chair of the USGBC New York Chapter and is a member of the “Green Team” for Interface Corporation.
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Re-Structuring Cities

with Peter Ellis
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Peter Ellis worked 32 years at Skidmore Owings & Merrill in Chicago, London and San Francisco, where he was a design partner and leader in the application of sustainable design principles, believing that sustainability results in a more meaningful architecture. Many of his signature buildings throughout the world have been recognized for their sensitivity to the cultural environment and context of each locale. With much of the world urbanizing at an unprecedented rate, Peter sensed an opportunity for a practice devoted to the planning and design of new cities. In 2010 he started his own firm, Chicago-based Peter Ellis New Cities Ltd., focusing solely on city design. New Cities merged with CannonDesign where today Peter leads the urban and city design practice. He has been working on a new Sports City in India, a comprehensive city plan for one million inhabitants on 5,000 acres. He believes efficient purpose-built cities are key to sustainable growth. As a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment, CannonDesign makes carbon neutrality an integral part of every project.
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Green Development, GBCs and Our Future

with Maria Atkinson
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Sustainability business adviser Maria Atkinson has a global track record of leadership and strategic vision in driving and delivering commercially successful sustainable outcomes, beginning with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village and Hotel developments. She was Co-Founder and Founding CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, and is now a Life Fellow. She chaired the United Nations’ Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (SBCI) in 2011, and was a director from 2009 to 2011. She recently founded XO Pty Limited, which focuses on impact investments that generate measurable social or environmental impact. Previously she was Global Head of Sustainability for Lend Lease. Maria received the Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012, and the USGBC Leadership Award in 2006. She is a member of the City of Sydney Design Advisory Committee; the Australian Government Department of Climate Change; the Climate Adaptation Flagship Stakeholder Advisory Group of CSIRO; Director of the St James Ethics Foundation; Director of the Holcim Foundation; and was previously a member of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority’s International Panel of Experts for Sustainability, and an International Director of the USGBC.
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Green Projects, Biomimicry and Profitability

with Bill Browning
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William D. Browning is one of the leading strategists, practitioners and spokespersons in the world for Green Architecture. His work has brought green building into the real world by demonstrating convincingly that it has real economic value. He is currently a Partner at Terrapin Bright Green, and a Senior Fellow at RMI. In 1991, Bill launched Green Development Services at the Rocky Mountain Institute, based largely on new thinking about basic real-estate principles that he developed while pursuing an innovative MS in Real Estate at MIT. Bill led the greening of the White House under President Carter, and has consulted on several hundred green development projects worldwide. He had key roles in creating both the USGBC and LEED. His publications include the groundbreaking textbook Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, and the influential Greening the Building and the Bottom Line, which launched the health and productivity discussion that has become a foundation of the green building movement. Bill’s work has been featured in top media. He advises several organizations and is on the Interface Dream Team. His honors include MIT's Public-Sector Fellow at the Center for Real Estate (1991), MIT’s Charles H. Spaulding Award (1995), Honorary AIA (2001), and the USGBC Leadership Award (2004).  
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Sustainable Engineering Systems

with Steven Straus
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Steven Straus is the President of Glumac, a sustainable building services (MEP) engineering and commissioning firm, with eight offices on the west coast plus one in Shanghai. Glumac is focused on conserving natural resources. He has been with Glumac since 1979, and been passionate about environmental issues and design since graduating from UC Berkeley with a BS ME in 1980. His major projects include Nike’s World Campus, Wieden + Kennedy stunning new offices in Portland, and the new Federal Courthouse in Eugene, OR which is operating at 47% below ASHRAE 90 allowable energy levels, and 14% lower than predicted by the original energy model. Steve is a GSA Peer and has received the ASHRAE Technology Award. He is a commissioner on Portland’s Development Commission, a director of The Natural Step (TNS), and an advisor for Salvation Army Harbor Steps. 
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Disclosure and Transparency is Green

with Donald Simon
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Donald Simon is a national leader and speaker for the green economy who has devoted himself to creating the framework to make business the engine of environmental and social responsibility. As a partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, a law firm in Oakland, CA, he focuses on contract, litigation, regulatory and general business issues related to business and construction law, green building, renewable energy, climate change, and environmental policy. He co-founded the firm’s Green Business Practice Group, led the firm’s internal sustainability efforts, and co-chaired the effort to pass California's Benefit Corporation law. Previously at the Environmental Defense Fund he developed the first international framework for cross-border air pollution offsets. He has represented several organizations on old-growth forest protection and logging concerns. Don co-founded the USGBC Northern California Chapter, is the president of Build It Green, and is general counsel to both organizations, as well as the California Solar Energy Industry Association and Efficiency First. He has hosted West Coast Green, and teamed with the City of San Francisco in 2005 to host the UN’s largest international conference of mayors on urban sustainability issues. Don has a BA and JD from Ohio State University, where he was president of the Environmental Law Association. His honors include 2011 California Attorney of the Year, USGBC NorCal’s “Super Hero”, Business Times’ Top Attorney for Environmental Sustainability, California Real Estate Journal “Green Leader”, and the Business Times’ “Community Partnership in Sustainability”.
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Living Building Challenge

with Jason McLennan
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It’s almost impossible to grow up in Sudbury Ontario without becoming an environmentalist. Sudbury was a nickel-mining town that by 1970 was so moonscape-bleak that NASA used it for astronaut training. When Jason McLennan was in middle school, he participated in restoration efforts that eventually won the town a UN commendation. But then he watched a hill he helped regreen be flattened for a strip mall. He chose the University of Oregon because of its deep environmental program and the greenest architecture program he could find, and studied with a small group of dedicated professors. When he finished school in 1996, Bob Berkebile hired him over the phone, saying he sensed "a change agent." Jason became a partner in BNIM at 30, the youngest in the firm. He credits BNIM’s Montana State University EpiCenter project for giving him a virtual Ph.D. in "deep green research," along with the genesis of the Living Building Challenge (LBC). Jason became CEO of the Cascadia Region GBC in 2006, transferred the LBC intellectual property to the Council, and formally launched the program that year. Today Jason is the CEO of International Living Future Institute, and one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement. The LBC was a major driver in the creation of the Bullitt Center. He is also the creator of Pharos, an advanced building material rating system, Declare, an ingredient disclosure label for building products, and JUST, a social justice transparency platform for organizations. In addition, he serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for Integral Group. He has received numerous awards, and is the author of five books. Jason hopes that eventually people will realize that they are no higher or lower than any other creature, and that all are part of the same act of creation. He believes that instead of valuing size, we should value quality.
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Microsoft Sustainability Program

with Rob Bernard
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After 15 years in leadership roles at Microsoft in marketing, business and technical management, Rob Bernard became Microsoft's Chief Environmental Strategist in 2007 as a result of his deep passion for environmental sustainability. He is responsible for Microsoft's global strategy for environmental efforts at all levels. Rob’s influence can be seen in everything from compostable cutlery and crockery to hybrid campus shuttles and free staff commuter buses, purchasing renewable energy, more energy-efficient buildings and vehicles and datacenters, reduced corporate travel, to improving management and reporting of carbon emissions, and expanding the types of offset projects Microsoft invests in. On Rob’s watch Microsoft set its first carbon reduction goal, and provided the platform that the Carbon Disclosure Project uses to produce its annual study of emissions from 3,000 major global corporations and the world's biggest cities. Rob commissioned a study which found that cloud computing could reduce carbon emissions 30% in large organizations, and 90% in smaller ones. He established a global campaign in partnership with universities to use information technology to reduce environmental impacts. Rob is a director of Green Grid, Climate Savers Computing Initiative, Forterra, and the Port Madison (homeowners) Water Company. Prior to Microsoft, Rob spent 10 years in the construction and building management industry. He has an MBA from Wharton School of Business and a BA in English Language and Literature from Columbia. 
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Carbon Positive Concrete

with Brent Constantz
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Over the last five years Brent Constantz has directed his special interests in biomineralization to solving global climate change problems. He founded Calera Corporation, which sequesters CO2 from power plant emissions into cementitious materials and synthetic limestone, while displacing the CO2 generated by Portland cement production. Currently, he is Managing Partner & CEO of DeepWater Desal LLC, which addresses global adaption to drought caused by climate change with fresh water production using clean energy. Brent received a BA from UC Santa Barbara, an MS and PhD from UC Santa Cruz, was a post doc at the USGS, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute. While working on his doctoral dissertation he became interested in how corals produce their skeletons, and began searching for a way to replicate this type of mineral growth in human bones. Following his studies, he founded and led three medical device companies. He holds over 80 patents, and his cements for bone fractures can be found in most orthopedic operating rooms in the western world. He is a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University teaching biomineralization in the Biomechanical Engineering Division, an advisor to the Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute, and is affiliated with the Woods Institute for the Environment. He is a member of several research societies, has originated regulatory submissions and workshops, gives frequent presentations, and has edited four books. His honors include the Global Ocean Hero Award in 1999, UCSC Alumni Achievement Award for 1998, and Long Marine Lab’s 2009 Global Oceans Award.
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The World Green Building Council

with Jane Henley
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Jane Henley leads the world’s largest organization influencing the green building marketplace. As Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Building Council, her role is to drive collaboration between more than 100 national green building councils, provide leadership and support, and advocate for green building as a mechanism to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits. Jane spearheaded the WorldGBC Government Leadership Awards and is a global ambassador for green buildings and GBCs wherever she goes. Prior to the WorldGBC Jane was a founder and CEO of the New Zealand GBC and a director of the WorldGBC. She has an in-depth knowledge of building rating systems, and chaired technical working groups during the adaption of Green Star for NZ. She has served as an advisor to New Zealand Ministry of Environment, member of the Supervisory Board Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee, member Deloitte Think Tank, Paris, Global Advisor to Women and the Green Economy (WAGE), facilitator of Global Leadership in Our Built Environment Alliance (GLOBE), chair of the 2013 Global Business Case for Green Buildings Steering Committee, and a director of the United Nations Sustainable Building Climate Change Initiative (UNEP-SBCI). She was Delegation leader to and addressed the past 3 COP climate change negotiations. She is committed to driving market transformation that is underpinned by sound economic practices that simultaneously deliver financial, social and environmental benefits. She believes that it is only through collaboration that we can meet our common vision of a sustainable built environment. Jane graduated from the University of Otago, and has a background in management in both the commercial and non-profit sectors. 
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Value Leads to Profitability

with Che Wall
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Ché Wall is a leading catalyst for the sustainable property movement in Australia and globally. In his 17 years with the company, Che positioned the Australian building services and environmental engineering firm Lincolne Scott as the leading green building services firm, rose to managing director, and merged the firm with global engineering firm WSP. In 1999 he launched Advanced Environmental Concepts (AEC), his own division within Lincolne Scott, to prove that there was a real market for sustainable design. Work soon poured in and the ethics of his “boutique” division became the core of Lincolne Scott’s activities. The 2000 Olympics in Sydney gave him a highly visible opportunity to promote environmental design. In 2001, he was appointed group director to develop green skills across the business and take the company carbon neutral. He pioneered a scheme that allows staff to offset personal emissions via pre-tax wage payments. As MD, Che created a culture founded on strong ethics and saw to it that appropriate opportunities were created for passionate engineers. While he was managing the firm, he also personally engineered many of the greenest buildings in Australia, co-founded and led the Australia GBC, chaired the committee that established the highly successful Green Star environmental rating system, and also helped launch the WorldGBC which he chaired for its first 5 years, helping to launch additional GBCs in countries around the world. This tireless work is about getting around government inaction and creating a market for people who want to do the right thing. Che left WSP Lincolne Scott in 2010, and after a brief stint at LendLease, in 2012 he set up Flux Consultants with a colleague to advise and provide technical expertise on sustainable design and development. Che is past chair of the international UNEP/WorldGBC Common Carbon Metric project, and was an advisor to the Climate Positive Development Program, a joint initiative of the Clinton Climate Initiative and the USGBC. His parents’ environmental beliefs played a big part in shaping his psyche. He began as a mechanical engineer at YRM in London after being educated “to ONC level on day release” – basically he is self-taught. He moved to Australia in 1993. His awards include the Royal Australian Institute of Architects President's Award (2002), the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award from the Banksia Environmental Foundation (2004), the National Exemplar Award from the ING Real Estate Year of the Built Environment, recognized as one of Australia’s 20 ‘True Leaders’ by the Financial Review BOSS magazine in 2006, and Sustainability Champion of the Year Award at the Inaugural UK Sustainable Building Services Awards.
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Bullitt Center - Living Building Challenge

with Chris Rogers
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Chris Rogers is CEO and a founding partner of Point32, a Seattle-based real estate company committed to environmental performance through strong partnerships, quality design and construction. Point32 is focused on creating places that improve the physical and social fabric of the city. They built the Bullitt Center, which is billed as the greenest office building on the planet. Prior to founding Point32 in 2007, Chris spent eight years with the Seattle Art Museum as Director of capital projects and intergovernmental relations. He played a major role in creating the highly acclaimed $85 million SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park. Earlier he spent eight years with the Trust for Public Land (TPL), where he created and protected urban parks and landscapes from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Chris has been a director of On the Boards, the Bloedel Reserve, and the People’s Waterfront Coalition, and advises the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Pride Foundation's scholarship committee, and the Pacific Northwest design journal Arcade. He has a BA in art-history from Bowdoin College, and a Masters from Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 
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Resiliency and New Urbanism Across the World

with Dan Slone
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Dan Slone is a partner in the Richmond office of the international law firm McGuireWoods LLP. He represents property owners and localities developing innovative new land use strategies for more sustainable developments and open spaces, and he counsels product manufacturers regarding the unique opportunities and impediments facing green products. Over the last decade Dan has represented numerous national and international nonprofits such as the USGBC, the Congress for the New Urbanism, EcoDistricts and the World Green Building Council. He serves on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Form-Based Codes Institute, the Resilient Design Institute and Bioregional North America (One Planet Communities). He is cited consistently on lists of “top lawyers” for businesses, and he has won awards for his service for the environment. He is a frequent author of articles and a national speaker regarding green development.
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Resiliency and Rebuilding Cities

with Bob Berkebile
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Some people fondly call architect Bob Berkebile, "Dumbledor" – the epitome of goodness. A founder and long-time principal at BNIM in Kansas City, he jump-started the national green building movement after going through a hell-and-back epiphany in 1981 when a skywalk collapsed in the Kansas City Hyatt Regency, killing 114 people and injuring many more. Bob had signed and sealed the final schematics. His soul-searching led him to question the real impact of his designs. He decided that they were either restorative or destructive; there was no middle ground. He lobbied the conservative AIA board and members to create a committee to study how buildings could be designed in more environmentally minded ways, and secured a $1 million EPA grant to fund the work. In 1992 the new committee published the first Environmental Resource Guide, which was a keystone of the whole green-building movement. In 1996, Berkebile got a federal grant to figure out how green a building could possibly be, by constructing a prototype lab at Montana State University in Bozeman. Other projects include redeveloping the former naval base in Charleston, SC, relocating Pattonsburg, MO after two floods, and helping to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Greensburg, KS after it was obliterated by a tornado. Bob has little allegiance to conventional wisdom. While pursuing a BArch from the University of Kansas, he was selected to study under Buckminster Fuller. That influence set him on a different course. His many honors include the 2009 Heinz Award, the 2009 Design Intelligence list of the Top 5 U.S. Individual Role Models for green and sustainable design, the 2008 Mid-America Regional Council’s Leadership Award, the 2005 USGBC Leadership Award, EnvironDesign Journal’s No. 1 Top 25 Environmental Champions for 2005, Finalist for Engineering News Record’s 1991 Man of the Year, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Missouri. BNIM received the AIA’s National Firm Award in 2011. Bob and his firm are setting new standards for regenerative design and resource efficiency at the building and community scales. He balances his sense of urgency with spirituality and a vision. He has been a key figure in making the design and construction industry more Earth-friendly, but he's not done yet. 
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Greentech Venture Investment, Green Economics and Cap and Trade

with Greg Kats
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Greg Kats is a businessman, environmentalist, writer and a Certified Energy Manager and a LEED AP. He is President of Capital E, a national clean energy advisory and venture capital firm.
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UTC Green Story

with John Mandyck
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John Mandyck serves as chief sustainability officer for United Technologies Building & Industrial Systems, the world’s largest provider of technologies and services dedicated to making buildings and cities more energy efficient, safe and secure. With more than 100,000 employees and sales in nearly every country, UTC Building & Industrial Systems serves customers with innovative elevator, escalator, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, fire safety and security solutions from well known global brands such as Otis, Carrier, Kidde and Chubb. In addition to sustainability, he leads the company’s marketing and communications function. John works with universities and organizations around the world to accelerate green building, such as the U.S. Green Building Council, which Carrier helped found and joined as the first member in 1993. John chairs the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council, and serves as incoming chairman of the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council in New York City. He is also an advisor to the China Green Building Council.  He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to co-chair the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. He has presented energy efficiency and sustainability strategies to audiences around the world.
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Green Development and Philly Case Study

with Brad Molotsky
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Along with being the executive VP, general counsel and secretary of Brandywine Realty Trust, Brad Molotsky runs Brandywine Environments, the firm’s portfolio-wide sustainability initiative.

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David Gottfried

David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement:  founding the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Council (with GBCs in 100 countries). The GBC movement has likely reduced global warming and ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world.

Gottfried serves as the CEO of Regenerative Ventures and Gottfried Institute. Regen Ventures help incubate greentech start-up companies and advises leading global building industry legacy organizations.


Gottfried Institute specializes in finding and advocating hormone cures under the guidance of Sara Gottfried, MD, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure.

Gottfried had previous tenures as a real estate developer and construction manager, and has served as a strategic adviser to over a hundred global organizations since 1995.

Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of three influential books, including the newly released award winning bestseller: Explosion Green.


Gottfried’s former residence was the highest rated LEED Platinum home in the world. Gottfried’s degree is in Engineering and Resource Management from Stanford University, where he serves as a regular lecturer.